2012.02.29 13:00 - The Assumption of St. Antwelm

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Storm Nordwind. The comments are by Storm Nordwind.

    Storm Nordwind sits in for Fefonz... and enjoys the quiet.
    Storm Nordwind: Hello Wol. :)
    Wol Euler: hello storm
    Wol Euler: nice to see you again

    Spring and leap year day.

    Storm Nordwind: How are you keeping?
    Wol Euler: tolerably well, thanks :)
    Wol Euler: much cheered by the advent of SP
    Wol Euler: Spring
    Storm Nordwind: Spring... ah yes. And it's leap day today
    Wol Euler: mmhmm :)
    Wol Euler: how are you spending it?
    Storm Nordwind: Quietly, watching the last of the snow melt.
    Wol Euler: ah :)
    Storm Nordwind: No proposals? ;)
    Wol Euler: alas no
    Wol Euler: nor have I given any out
    Wol Euler sighs.
    Wol Euler: I don't know whether the Germans know that custom
    Storm Nordwind: Right

    Wol doll.

    Storm Nordwind: This may be marginally interesting to you... but my wife is a professional artist at a local hospital, and she repaints dolls in her spare time. One of my favorites (that she hasn't sold) I have called "Wol" after you :)
    Wol Euler: awwwwwww :)
    Wol Euler: how sweet, thank you
    Wol Euler: I'm assuming it isn't a voodoo doll :)
    Storm Nordwind: There is something about it that reminds me of your avatar and probably always will now
    Storm Nordwind: I haven't got the pins out
    Storm Nordwind: yet
    Wol Euler: heheheheh
    Wol Euler: if I feel twinges in the night, I'll know who to call
    Storm Nordwind: It'll be remote acupuncture - honest
    Wol Euler nods.

    Flowers and birds.

    Storm Nordwind: So you are cheered by Spring. Anything in particular? Longer days? Warmer weather? People outside wearing less? ;)
    Wol Euler: all of the above
    Wol Euler: but the crocuses are also a large part of it
    Wol Euler: they make me smile
    Storm Nordwind: Ah yes. I miss those. Those and blackbirds.
    Wol Euler: none in Denver?
    Storm Nordwind: No. Not that I have seen.
    Wol Euler: well, I am surprised
    Storm Nordwind: Perhaps I just don't pay attention to the flowers!
    Wol Euler: hello korel
    Wol Euler smiles.
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Korel
    Korel Laloix: Heya
    Storm Nordwind: And I would have heard a blackbird from a mile away I'm sure
    Wol Euler nods.

    Getting too high.

    Wol Euler: perhaps it's too high for them
    Wol Euler: whatever that might mean
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Korel Laloix: Too high for what?
    Storm Nordwind: I'm assuming you don't mean the push to legalize marijuana locally, which will appear on November's ballot! ;)
    Wol Euler: heheheh
    Wol Euler: nice to know that not all parts of America are descending into fascism and madness
    Wol Euler: oh, did I say that out loud?
    Storm Nordwind: You did! There are pockets of sanity here and there. I'm lucky to live in and by some. :)
    Wol Euler nods.
    Wol Euler: what amazes me is the apparent popularity of it
    Korel Laloix: The popularity of sanity? When did that start?
    Wol Euler: how can the republicans dare to present these appalling proposals for so-called women's health issues, given that women are over 50% of the electorate?
    Storm Nordwind: Beats me.
    Wol Euler: why are they not afraid?
    Wol Euler: of madness, korel
    Wol Euler: hello aph!
    Korel Laloix: Heya
    Storm Nordwind: They are afraid. Of He who must be obeyed.
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Aph
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hi
    Aphrodite Macbain: who he?
    Aphrodite Macbain: and why must he?
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Storm Nordwind: Don't worry Aph. We're talking nonsense about people who act nonsensically.
    Wol Euler smiles.
    Aphrodite Macbain: oh well, I have nothing to do with them!!
    Wol Euler: wise
    Aphrodite Macbain: grins

    The Assumption of St. Antwelm.

    Wol Euler: when I become benevolent dictator, Feb 29 will be a statutory public holiday
    Aphrodite Macbain: when we can all stand on public statues?
    Korel Laloix: I have to go to a birthday party later.... every four year thing... smiles
    Wol Euler: wow
    Storm Nordwind: Like the party celebraing the Assumption of St. Antwelm?
    Wol Euler: how old is the birthday-ee?
    Aphrodite Macbain stares at Storm
    Korel Laloix: Something like that.. one of my grandma's friends... she is turning 20.
    Storm Nordwind assume Aph has never heard of St. Antwelm
    Wol Euler giggles.
    Wol Euler: yes, very much like that
    Aphrodite Macbain thinks that Storm's assumptions are correct
    Wol Euler: "St Antwelm had been, during his lifetime, a great and popular king who had made a great and popular assumption. What King Antwelm had assumed was that what everybody wanted, all other things being equal, was to be happy and enjoy themselves and have the best possible time together. On his death he had willed his entire personal fortune to financing an annual festival to remind every one of this, with lots of good food and dancing and very silly games like Hunt the Wocket. His Assumption had been such a brilliantly good one that he was made into a saint for it. Not only that, but all the people who had previously been made saints for doing things like being stoned to death in a thoroughly miserable way or living upside down in barrels of dung were instantly demoted and were now thought to be rather embarrassing."
    Wol Euler: happy times
    Aphrodite Macbain: We should look into "Hunt the Wocket." It may be something for our party
    Aphrodite Macbain: who wrote that delightful expose?
    Storm Nordwind: Douglas Adams
    Storm Nordwind: In "Mostly Harmless"
    Aphrodite Macbain: Brilliant
    Storm Nordwind: The fifth book of the trilogy :)
    Wol Euler nods.
    Aphrodite Macbain: sounds British
    Wol Euler: it's given pleasure to untold generations
    Aphrodite Macbain: I dont know it. Makes note and underlines it
    Storm Nordwind: Start with the first book
    Wol Euler: worth reading, and also worth reading in order -- yes
    Storm Nordwind: The first book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Aphrodite Macbain: ohhhh -him!
    Aphrodite Macbain: OK
    Korel Laloix: I tried tow watch part of that movie.
    Wol Euler smiles.
    Korel Laloix: Ouch.
    Storm Nordwind: The movie is meh
    Wol Euler: the books are better, as is often the case
    Storm Nordwind: Try and ctach the original radio series if you can
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- more space for the imgination
    Korel Laloix: I just sooo can't do Sci Fi...

    Old and young.

    Storm Nordwind: I heard the first one broadcast live - and I couldn't believe what I was hearing
    Korel Laloix: Boring to me.
    Wol Euler: it's only incidentally sci-fi, mostly just social humour
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- an observation of the present
    Aphrodite Macbain: like Swift
    Storm Nordwind: In 1978 it was completely groundbreaking
    Wol Euler nods.
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- I remeber hearing the radio broadcasts
    Aphrodite Macbain: and the sound effects
    Wol Euler: I remember the excitement of reading the novels as they came out
    Korel Laloix: 8 years before I was born.. no wonder I miessed that.... smiles
    Wol Euler: heheheh
    Aphrodite Macbain: giggles
    Storm Nordwind: I had three kids by then
    Aphrodite Macbain: lol
    Wol Euler: heheheh
    Aphrodite Macbain: you started young Storm
    Storm Nordwind: I did. Took me a while to find out what caused them too.
    Wol Euler: he's older than he looks
    Storm Nordwind: I'm not as green as I'm cabbage looking

    What the English are good at.

    Wol Euler: the English have a knack for social satire disguised as [some other genre], don't they
    Wol Euler: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett ...
    Korel Laloix: No idea on that one.
    Korel Laloix: Some Monty PYthon is good though.
    Wol Euler: well Pratchett is still writing, so you can't dodge out of that one by being too young :)
    Storm Nordwind: One of their strengths, along with costume drama and being ridiculous
    Wol Euler: yep
    Storm Nordwind observes Downton Abbey even gets into xkcd
    Aphrodite Macbain: RL calls
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Aphrodite Macbain: Bye
    Aphrodite Macbain: Bye! for now
    Korel Laloix: Ciao
    Wol Euler: bye aph, take care

    Winding up.

    Wol Euler: ((in IM with a friend whose father is dying in a hospice ... count your blessing))
    Korel Laloix: I seem to know a lot of people right now with that srot of thing goin on.
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Storm Nordwind: I find it a poignant reminder to get on with what's important
    Wol Euler nods.
    Korel Laloix: I have had a couple of things in my life recently thaat really reminded me to be thankfull.
    Wol Euler smiles and nods
    Korel Laloix: Back to work.
    Korel Laloix: Thanks for the chat.
    Storm Nordwind: Nice to see you :)
    Wol Euler: bye korel, take care
    Korel Laloix: Ciao all.
    Storm Nordwind: Shall I leave you to your IM Wol? :)
    Wol Euler: I think he's nearly finished, but I confess it's put a damper on my mood
    Storm Nordwind: I understand. Let's call it a session then.
    Wol Euler smiles and nods

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